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KernelTrap: HowTo Upgrade To The 2.6 Kernel

Sep 02, 2003, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy Andrews)

[ Thanks to Jeremy Andrews for this link. ]

"Anyone who's been following Linux kernel development for the past several months has heard about one exciting feature after another being merged into the still un-released 2.6 kernel. New features that noticeably affect user experience include Robert Love's preemptible kernel work, Ingo Molnar's O(1) Scheduler, Rik Van Riel's reverse mapping VM, Nick Piggins' Anticipatory I/O scheduler, and much, much more...

"Having some spare time a few nights ago, I decided to give the latest kernel, 2.6.0-test4, a trial run on my aging 550Mhz PIII desktop computer, and the result was nothing short of spectacular. As the final 2.6.0 release approaches, it is important that an increasing number of users (aka testers) give this kernel a try, especially as currently it's still a sexy task for developers to track down kernel bugs and stabalize their work. Once work starts on the 2.7 development tree, inevitably much talent will again be focusing on new features.

"The purpose of this document is to provide some helpful tips to readers that currently compile their own 2.4 kernels, but haven't yet made the leap to 2.6. This is still a development kernel, so you may run into problems, but overall stability and performance is quite impressive and I can't recommend enough that you try it today..."

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